HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Friday thanked Governor Tom Corbett for his prompt action to temporarily waive certain restrictions on commercial drivers to help ensure uninterrupted deliveries of heating oil and propane gas.
"We want to thank Governor Corbett taking this action to help petroleum product distributors meet our customers' demand for heating oil and propane as a result of the recent frigid temperatures and the snow and ice storms over the last few weeks," said John Kulik, Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Petroleum Association. "Even though the waivers are in effect, safety will continue to be of paramount importance to all our drivers."
The action temporarily waives the normal federal hours of service requirements for drivers of trucks carrying these goods. Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. The limit for driving hours is extended to 14 hours.
Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule. The 60/70-hour limits rule requires drivers to stop driving upon accumulating 60 or 70 on-duty hours (including all on-duty and driving time) over a period of seven or eight consecutive days, respectively. Any period of seven or eight consecutive days may end with the beginning of any off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours.
The waiver will remain in place through January 25.
The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing independent petroleum marketers at both the wholesale and retail levels and first supplying petroleum products as well as other services.
For more information, visit the Association website at www.ppmcsa.org.
John Kulik, Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Petroleum Association
SOURCE Pennsylvania Petroleum Association